Opposition shouldn't work with Dr M, says DAP's Ramkarpal

Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
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KUALA LUMPUR - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be the last person for the opposition to work with, says DAP's Ramkarpal Singh.

Speaking to reporters at the parliament lobby, the Bukit Gelugor MP said working with Dr Mahathir itself can erode public confidence in the opposition.

"I think he is the last person we should be working with. For him to comment on whether we are united, I don't think he's in any position to dictate terms to us," he said.

He added that Dr Mahathir had his own agenda when it came to the Citizens Declaration and added that it was right of jailed opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to warn opposition members to be wary of the former.

"I think it is very timely advice and a stern reminder from Anwar that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has his own agenda.

"That agenda unfortunately does not reflect agenda reformasi. That is what we need to emphasise. Our whole agenda is for reform while Tun Mahathir does not symbolise reform.

Commenting on the upcoming by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar, Ramkarpal said the opposition could win if the necessary efforts are made.

"The last occasion, the majorities were not very big. I think in Sungai Besar it was 399. The other one also quite low, so i don't see any reason why the opposition can't, with the necessary effort put into it, win in those two constituencies," he said.

Speaking on the divide in Sarawak he said the political landscape there was different.

"We however cannot deny the fact that the voters were disillusioned by the opposition in failing to hold a united front. We hope it wont happen here," he said.